Southside Yacht Rental Photos and Description
Yacht, Salon, Galley 3 Staterooms (Sleeps 2-6 Guests) all with Private Heads
Stepping Up features 4 spacious cabins, each with a private head and shower. A modern galley and salon for relaxing and DVD viewing.
The interior V-shaped salon comfortably seats six for cocktails or viewing movies on a 23' flat screen tv.
Outdoor seating in the cockpit compliments alfresco dining beneath our hard top Bimini with full enclosure when weather requires.
Relax on the Bow Trampoline for sunning and star gazing or sit back and read in our many cushioned seating areas.
A removable shade can be mounted to protect you from too much sun!
2 Swim platforms, one with a ladder allows for easy re-boarding from the water.
Great performance under sail with the Main and a roller furled Gennaker.
Additionally, she is equipped with two 40 hp Yanmar diesel engines when power is needed.
A 14 ' Tender with a 40 hp motor for tubing, wake boarding and knee boarding along with snorkel equipment for everyone, floats and water toys. 2 Paddle Boards and a Kayak.
An onboard water maker provides an ample supply of fresh water. Air Conditioned cabins when needed.
Solar panels with inverter for AC current allows for the use of small electronic equipment.
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- Events Allowed
- children welcome
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets not allowed
About Captain Bill Wilson
Captain Bill Wilson has been sailing for over 35 years. Destinations included Croatia, Tahiti, Bora Bora, Bermuda and the Caribbean Islands.
The winter of 2011-2012 was spent sailing sites throughout the Windward and Leeward Islands, the USVI’s, the BVI’s as well as the Bahamas.
The 2012 summer was spent sailing the east coast of the US, the Chesapeake Bay, in and around New Jersey, New York Harbor to the Hudson River.
An open water sail from North Carolina to St Thomas in October of 2012 marks a total of over 4300 miles in one year.
Past experiences also include skydiving, hang gliding, scuba diving, rock climbing, competitive swimming and distance running.
Captain Bill recently retired from 35 years in the Heating and Cooling industry and as owner and operator of several restaurants for over 15 years.
He’s a Licensed Contractor in Refrigeration and Plumbing as well as a certified Electrician and HVAC Technician.
Captain Bill is a veteran of the US Navy and holds a USCG Captains 50 Ton Certification.
Michelle Emmons has over 30 years of experience in the kitchen, ranging from intimate multi-course meals to banquets for up to 100 people.
Her passion for cooking and baking has come to fruition in the Galley.
Michelle recently retired from teaching for 17 years. She coached competitive gymnastics & volleyball for over a decade.
and maintains her status as a free-lance artist on a contractual basis.
She has logged 4000 miles on the water aboard Stepping Up and looks forward to providing a comfortable vacation experience for guests.
Bill and Michelle are life-long athletes. They were both active volunteers in community organizations.
Their years of experience working with people is coupled with a sincere desire to cater to your comfort.
You will be happy to spend your vacation aboard Steppin Up with Capt’n Bill and Michelle.
Captain Bill Wilson purchased this yacht in 2006
Why Captain Bill Wilson chose Southside
“A unique ‘On the Water’ B&B”
A vacation aboard Steppin Up gives you the choice of active or leisure time. Water activities that are provided by the yacht including sailing, fishing, knee boarding, tubing, wake boarding, snorkeling, swimming or just laying in the sun. There is an abundance of onshore and island activities as well, including hiking, zip line, shopping, sightseeing, kiteboarding, SCUBA, windsurfing and so much more.
We offer Extended Cruises - Honeymoon Cruises - Tandems with other Yachts.
We will customize your cruise to fit your individual or group trip.
What makes this yacht unique
When you sail aboard Steppin Up in the US Virgin Islands and The BVI's, our goal is to make your experience fun and relaxing. A typical day would include three meals prepared fresh with between meal treats. Sailing to at least two different locations each day offers you more sightseeing, excitement, and adventure. While enjoying the ride at sail you can take photographs of the beautiful surroundings, or simply relax. While at anchor you can have fun with our Paddle Boards and ample snorkeling equipment, relax on our many floats or have some excitement on our Pull Tube, Wake Board or Knee board. Each day opportunities to go ashore will be provided. You can visit local villages to do some sightseeing and shopping. For those who enjoy hikes we can recommend numerous locations to fit you level of interest. Your charter will be customized to what you like best. Our 14' 40hp Tender is available for water activities and transportation to and from shore. We charter from November to July.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We are sad to leave the relaxed and pampered life aboard Steppin Up. Bill and Michelle made us feel at home immediately. They are both easy to know and go-with-the-flow fun people who were very accommodating to our needs and wishes. Our daughter and her husband were on their honeymoon and we were making a return trip to the BVI’s after 15 years. Service was superb as Michelle cooked delicious and healthy meals including all of our restrictions and requests.Skipper Bill had to contend with a lot of swells, rain and high winds at first, but when the sun was shining he had us under sail as much as possible - something we had hoped for. He was always accommodating with dinghy rides to shore or the beaches and a hand on and off loading. Thanks to their teamwork he and Michelle managed safe moorings every night. We got in a lot of snorkeling and hiking, and early morning runs for one of our group. Fish and coral were beautiful as well as an occasional turtle and dolphin. We will miss the nightly fish dinners and home baked muffins, breads and desserts!!! Will also miss Michelle’s smile through it all. Thanks for a great vacation!